Essential Records: Vinyl and Cocktails Edition
As Vinyl and Cocktails points out, every top-anything list is ultimately just one person's opinion. I chose V&C's 25 essential vinyl albums simply because I have twelve of them in my personal collection, so clearly we have similar taste in music.
I couldn't agree more with a few modern classics, such as Sufjan Stevens' Come on Feel the Illinoise, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Radiohead's In Rainbows. I believe each of these masterpieces will be relevant for years to come, as The Beatles' Revolver and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde have proven to be, which coincidentally also have a coveted spot in V&C's lineup.
Dwindling any all-time music list down to 25 is a difficult task, but as much as I occasionally enjoy them, I don't see Deer Tick, Beirut or Fleet Foxes being "must-own" material on vinyl. I'm sure the same could be said by someone else for many albums currently on my shelves, but they aren't on any Waxy list... yet. Also, it pains me a bit to not see any David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse or Talking Heads, all of which would be fighting for a slot in my top 25.
All in all, V&C's picks are great, and I don't think any collector would regret scooping a few of them up in the used bin of a record store.